About the American University in Cairo Press

The American University in Cairo Press is the Middle East’s leading English-language academic book publisher. Its mission is to accurately reflect Egypt and the Middle East to a global readership in line with the main teaching and research interests of the American University in Cairo.

Drawing on an international author and editor community, the AUC Press publishes—in both digital and print formats—reviewed scholarly books, fiction (through a separate imprint hoopoefiction.com), Arabic teaching books, Egypt-focused books, and general interest publications. The Press currently produces up to 80 new books each year, and maintains a backlist of some 800 titles mainly for distribution worldwide through Oxford University Press (North America) and I.B. Tauris (rest of world, excluding North America). It also operates six bookstores in Cairo, including a flagship store in Tahrir Square.

Today the AUC Press publishes books in twelve main categories:

Arabic Language Learning

Archaeology & Ancient Egypt

Art & Architecture

Business, Economics, and Environmental Studies

Coptic and Islamic Studies

Egypt Guidebooks

Fiction in Translation


Literary Criticism

Middle East Studies

Middle East Travel

Naguib Mahfouz

“The American University in Cairo Press is the Arab world’s top foreign-language publishing house. It has transformed itself into one of the leading players in the dialog between East and West, and has produced a canon of Arabic literature in translation unmatched in depth and quality by any publishing house in the world.”—Egypt Today


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